Among other highlights: A new safety director has been hired by Veolia, the labor contractor that hires and trains the rail-car operators; grinding of rails, to remove rust that interferes with shunting signals, has been completed; installation of traffic-light pre-emption systems at crossings is still ongoing; all rail dispatchers have been trained and certified; and rail engineers have completed their first phase of certification. Still to come: Trains will run under full-service conditions to test the schedule, and engineers will be tested with training for "unforeseen challenges."
Gilliam said the next progress report will be delivered in June.
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